Franklin County Power Float Virgin Princess (declassified)

Franklin County Power Float Virgin Princess, Declassified
20 w by 12 in h
Digital painting
Based on a photo from the “Hanford Historical Photo Declassification Project”.
copyright J Kearns 2006

Lightbox enlargement

Read the introduction to the Remixing the Hanford Declassified Project paintings

The original photo is from the 1954 Atomic Frontier Days Parade in Richland.

One can imagine what happened with this float. Someone was probably telling the designer and Franklin County officials that it wouldn’t work, that the lightning bolt needed support.

“No,” said the Franklin County officials, “it must stand erect without support.”

For whatever phallic reason.

Then the morning of the parade, as the car started and began to pull the float, the lightning bolt toppled and hit the Virgin Princess’ head.

Thus the ladder.

Atomic Frontier Days, Franklin County Power and Water Float, 1954
DDRS Record Details for Record Accession Number
Accession Number N1D0003086
Document Number 9010-NEG-1P
Alternate Document Number 9010-NEG
Number of Pages 1
Key Word(s)
Document Date 07-Aug-1954
Public Availability Date 14-Feb-2002

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Juli Kearns

Juli Kearns is the author of Thunderbird and the Ball of Twine and Unending Wonders of a Subatomic World (or) In Search of the Great Penguin. She is also an artist/photographer, and the person behind the web alter of "Idyllopus Press".

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